New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India’s campaign in the ICC World Cup last year displayed some of the most exceptional spectacles of Gentlemen’s-Game, and among those Virat Kohli’s Sportsmanship spirit for Australia’s Steve Smith, with Kohli asking Indian Fans from within the field to stop jeering at Smith, tops ‘winning-the-heart-of-millions’ moment.

Exactly a year ago, on 9th June, the Men in Blue were taking on the Aaron Finch-led Australian Cricket team, and ended up beating them by 36 runs at The Oval ground in England’s Birmingham. Kohli himself scored a terrifically treat-for-the-audience kind 82 runs inning off 77 balls, but that wasn’t really the highlight of the day.

The moment of reckoning was when the Indian Fans started sledging and jeering at Australian Right-handed batsman Steve Smith, who was making a comeback in International Cricket following a suspension for a year due Ball Tampering-related Sandpaper Gate controversy a year before in 2018.

When the Indian fans were consistently booing Steve, Captain Kohli stood up for an under-enthused Steve Smith and gestured towards the crowd to stop doing that. Instead, he asked them to appreciate Steve by clapping for him and stimulate a sense of enthusiasm back into top Australian Batsman’s Cricket-driven senses.

Reminiscing the one year of such an incredible gesture made by Virat Kohli, ICC shared the video of the same and captioned, "#OnThisDay last year, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith shared this wonderful moment in #CWC19".

Later in 2019, Kohli was bestowed with the ‘ICC Spirit of Cricket Award’ for this epitome of Sportsmanship spirit which Kohli had ended up redefining in Birmingham on 9th June last year.

Kohli and Smith are touted as the pillars of their respective batting line ups. While Kohli leads the race in the ODIs by huge margin, Steve leads the way in the Test Cricket, which have been instrumental in Australia’s Ashes victories in the recent years.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta